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Mundine Coat of Arms / Mundine Family Crest

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This German surname of MUNDINE was an occupational name for a moneyer, derived from the Old German word MUNZER, and the Yiddish word MINTSER, a derivative of MYNET, meaning 'coin'. The name was rendered in medieval documents in the Latin form MONETA, originally an epithet meaning 'Counsellor (from monere to advise) of Juno' at whose temple in Rome the coins were struck. The English term MINTER was used at an early date to denote a workman who stamped the coins; later it came to denote the supervisors of the mint, who were wealthy and socially elevated members of the merchant class, and who were responsible for the quality of the coinage by having their names placed on the coins. The name is also spelt MINTER, MONNIER, LEMMONNIER, MONETA, MONEDERO, MUND, MUNDE, MUNZER, MINTZ, MUNTER, DeMIENTER and DeMUNTER. Surnames which were derived from ancient Germanic personal names have the same meaning in many languages. The court of Charlemagne (Charles the Great, king of the Franks (742-814) was Christian and Latin speaking). The vernacular was the Frankish dialect of Old High German, and the personal names in use were Germanic and vernacular. These names were adopted in many parts of northwest Europe, particularly among the noble ruling classes. Hereditary surnames were found in Germany in the second half of the 12th century - a little later than in England and France. It was about the 16th century that they became stabilized. It was not until the 10th century that modern hereditary surnames first developed, and the use of fixed names spread, first to France, and then England, then to Germany and all of Europe. In these parts of Europe, the individual man was becoming more important, commerce was increasing and the exact identification of each man was becoming a necessity. Even today however, the Church does not recognise surnames. Baptisms and marriages are performed through use of the Christian name alone. Thus hereditary names as we know them today developed gradually during the 11th to the 15th century in the various European countries.


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